Film Junk Podcast Episode #268: The Human Centipede


0:00 – Intro
4:42 – Headlines: Paramount Passes on Anchorman 2, Stallone Says No More Rambo, X-Men: First Class Directors, Magic 8 Ball: The Movie, The Ring 3D
23:10 – Review: The Human Centipede
43:30 – Trailer Trash: Jonah Hex, Piranha 3D, The American
53:35 – Other Stuff We Watched: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, And Everything Is Going Fine, GasLand, Arsy-Versy, The Invention of Dr. Nakamats, The People vs. George Lucas, Candyman: The David Klein Story, David Wants to Fly, Thieves By Law, Greg’s Bus Fare Story
1:46:42 – Junk Mail: Summer Movie Predictions, Film Junk Dictionary, Jay’s Poutine Process, KFC Dream, Bryan Singer’s Battlestar Galactica Movie, Harry Brown and The Punisher, Podcast Music Legal Issues, Greg’s Impressions
2:06:10 – This Week’s DVD Releases
2:07:25 – Outro

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  • Wish you would used a more safe for work picture (or school in my case)… But hey! :P

  • Mark In Ottawa

    Any chance Reed can do a running commentary re: this film and have it posted on the site ?

    Does he find the fact that the male victim is Asian or Orential or whatever ….. offensive ?

  • KeithTalent

    That Larry King cracks me up. Hilarious.

    Thanks for the hot docs reviews guys, we have a smaller documentary festival playing out here in Vancouver soon, then VIFF, so your reviews give me some things to watch for.

    The Human Centipede review made me think of Taxidermia (have not seen it yet, but from descriptions); has anyone seen that? Worth watching?

  • I liked it when Greg called me creative :)

  • vader

    @ Greg,how is the Punisher (2004) cheesy?

  • Mark In Ottawa

    Saw this last night. Good stuff.

    Very fun infection scene.

  • christopher reed

    nerf: the movie

  • Podcast Junkmailer… you should download Reaper. It’s a stripped-down version of ProTools and it’s free. And awesome.

  • pureevilmatt

    Watched this movie last night as part of my weekly “Terror Tuesday” group. Thought it was great… Ebert just posted his review, and this movie broke his rating scale… but I get the impression that he liked it.

    Best part of the review: “…It is what it is..”

  • I thought The Human Centipede was okay, as long as you treat it as a dark comedy. Always nice to agree with the filmjunk crew.

  • pureevilmatt

    dark comedy? more like existentialist tour de force. I for one contemplated the larger symbology of the movie: how as individual humans, we’re all part of the larger human collective organism. Although we may not be physically tethered, we find ourselves bound to people we don’t or can’t understand, taking their shit, but at the same time being dependent on them, and needing to work with them for survival of the collective. So really, when you interact with anybody at all, when you participate as a productive member of society, you are essentially part of one a giant human centipede. Think about that when you go about your daily business. Metaphorically, we’re all going ASS TO MOUTH TO ASS TO MOUTH TO ASS TO MOUTH with each other.

  • Jurassicalien

    Greg,when it comes to the original Nightmare, I don’t believe they explain who Freddy is or what’s going on till about the 45 minute mark of that film either. So the kids behind you not knowing was was going on or who Freddy was probably would have been just as confused. Don’t get me wrong, the original is better though.

    Another great episode, this review has caused me to seek out Human Centipede. My friends and I will be renting it (Its on Demand down here) and drinking, looking forward to this quite a bit.

  • Maopheus

    What happened to the uh “sponsorship” whatever you call it? Guess that didn’t last long.

  • @Mark In Ottawa: I saw The Human Centipede the other night. I don’t think I would have much to say in a running commentary. I can’t watch and speak at the same time, so I don’t think we could have recorded a commentary during my first watch. As for the Japanese male victim, I actually think it was an inspired choice because it made the whole situation more alienating and horrifying for the females to hear the unintelligible Japanese words being shouted.

  • Xidor

    Watched the Human Centipede. My wife will not spoon in bed or on the couch after watching. She was really disturbed by the film. She tried not to watch while studying, but the visuals were too much.

    It was difficult to watch at the time, but he more I think about it, the more I appreciate it afterwards. The doctor was really convincing. I would like to hear a commentary track and watch some behind the scenes footage. I will have to check that out when my wife is in another room.